2022 Minnesota Archives Symposium Call for Registration

The Twin Cities Archives Round Table is pleased to announce the tenth annual Minnesota Archives Symposium (MAS). MAS is a local educational and networking opportunity for archivists, librarians, records managers, curators, and other information professionals. We seek to broaden opportunities to share knowledge and insights among peers at a local level. At this time the Minnesota Archives Symposium will be in-person at Andersen Library on the University of Minnesota West Bank on November 7, 2022, with a hybrid option highly likely.

This year’s topic is Resilience and Growth. 

Registration Information:

Registration is FREE, but we ask that participants complete the registration form by Monday, November 1, 2022. Please enter the email you used for your membership. Non-member email addresses will not be sent a link for the event. Please Register using this LINK 

Schedule of Events*

  • 9:30-10:15am: Session 1 Panel
  • 10:15-10:30am: Coffee Break 
  • 10:30-11:30am: Keynote Presentation
  • 11:30-12:30pm: Lunch — Provided from Apple Spice
  • 12:45-1:45pm: Brag Box Lighting Panel 
  • 2:00-2:30pm: Session 2
  • 2:30-3:00pm: Cupcake Break 
  • 3:00-4:00pm: Session 3 Panel
  • 4:00-4:30: TCART Business Meeting 

*Full schedule listed below with Keynote presenter bios

Lunch and Snacks:

Lunch this year will be boxed lunch options from Apple Spice. Vegan and Gluten free options are listed but, if you would prefer to bring your own lunch please do. However, Lunch orders will not be eligible for alterations. Onsite registrations will be accepted but lunches will not be available for members who register after Monday November 1, 2022.

Location and Access

  • Elmer L. Andersen Library on the University of Minnesota’s West Bank
  • Address: 222 21st Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55455
  • Driving directions: https://www.lib.umn.edu/spaces/andersen/driving-and-delivery
  • Accessible parking: The closest accessible parking is Lot C86 at the north-west of the building.
  • Accessible entrances to the building are located on the first floor on the south and north-west sides and on the ground (street) level on the north side.

Covid Protocols:

  • Masks are required for the event except when eating, drinking, or presenting. If you do not bring your own one will be provided for you. 
  • Interaction preference bracelets will be available the day of the event.
  • Before the event please avoid high risk activities and do not attend if you have been alerted to exposure or feel ill. 
  • Before the conference, check the CDC’s community level tool at COVID-19 by County to see the COVID-19 community level for Hennepin County, Minnesota. 


Please contact TCART at tcartmn@gmail.com.

Full Schedule of Events

9:30-10:15am: Just Say Yes (Because You’re Legally Required To): The MN State Archives and the Minnesota Tobacco Documents Depository 

  • Sarah Barsness, Digital Collections Archivist, Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS)
  • Allison Eckberg, Digital Collections Intern, MNHS
  • Carly Kantor, Digital Collections Intern, MNHS
  • Perry Schussler, Government Records Archivist, MNHS 

Once upon a time, in May of 1998, Big Tobacco settled in a landmark legal case with the State of Minnesota.  The wise judge ordered the creation of a publicly accessible depository for records from the involved tobacco companies, and that after it closed the documents would come to the MN State Archives…who only heard about their amazing luck after the court order was made. Join us as we share our depository story — one might call it a deposiStory — and what we learned from this unusual archives experience.

10:15-10:30am:Coffee Break 

10:30-11:30am: Keynote: Mishaila Brown and Ben Gessner on Indigenous Knowledge Preservation 

Mishaila Bowman, Communications Manager, MIGIZI

Ben Gessner, WakaŋTipi Exhibits and Programs Manager, Lower Phalen Creek Project 

(speaker bios below)

11:30-12:30pm: Lunch — Provided from Apple Spice

12:45-1:45pm: The Brag Box! 

Lightning session featuring multiple speakers, including:

  • Jennie Shaw-Spence, Dunwoody College of Technology
  • Lara Friedman-Shedlov, University of Minnesota
  • Jacqueline Mosio, Highland Heritage Project
  • Joyce Lopez, Minnesota Historical Society 
  • Beth Heemeyer, Minnesota Historical Society
  • Joe Larsen, Minnesota Historical Society

2:00-2:30pm: What happens when supply chain issues leave a brand with no new product to advertise? Red Wing Shoe Co. Corporate Archives to the rescue!

Clare Pavelka, Corporate Archivist & Historian, Red Wing Shoes

Like most brands the pandemic leaves RWSC struggling with supply chain issues. And then there’s that other mystery issue that hobbles the company as well in 2020. Learn how these two black swan events of 2020 impact RWS company and what the corporate archives does to lead its Heritage brand to success.

2:30-3:00pm: Cupcake Break – Happy 40th Birthday, TCART!

3:00-4:00pm: Panel on Native American Boarding Schools 

The Role of Church Archives in the Legacy of Indian Boarding Schools

Allison Spies, Archives Program Manager, Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis 

The legacy of Indian boarding schools in North America has received increasing attention since the 2021 ground-penetrating radar surveys in Canada detected hundreds of probable burials of children on the grounds of former residential schools.  In the United States, as in Canada, many of the schools that were part of the government boarding school system were operated by Christian denominations, and records held in primarily private church archives are now crucial for shedding light on the boarding school history and what became of the children.  This presentation will provide a general overview of the topic, of the functions and responses of Catholic archives in particular, and implications for archival practice in religious archives.

U.S. Indian Boarding School Records Curation: Creating an Ecosystem of Information and Truth-Telling

Stephen R. Curley, Director of Digital Archives, National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition

The National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition (NABS) continues to lead with our robust framework for generating greater awareness, education, and tools for learning and healing in response to the ongoing trauma provoked by the federal Indian boarding school policy in the United States. NABS is engaged in a special project that will seek truth through history: The National Indian Boarding School Digital Archive (NIBSDA). This project is the first of its kind to focus on the national boarding school context and will function to identify and catalog key information about records to inform an ecosystem of research, data management, and community collaboration in powerful and unprecedented ways.


TCART Business Meeting 


Keynote Speaker Bios

Mishaila Bowman, Communications Manager, MIGIZI

Growing up in Southside Minneapolis and belonging to the Sisíthuŋwaŋ k’a Waȟpétuŋwaŋ [Sisseton Wahpeton] Dakota and Scottish peoples, Mishaila Bowman has a passion for protecting and nurturing the lands, waterways and plant relatives that live in Mní Sóta Makóče. A graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in American Indian Studies and Environmental Sciences, Mishaila worked for a number of years with the Lower Phalen Creek Project, a local Native American-led Environmental non-profit inSt.Paul, where she formalized and developed the Gifts of the Plant Nation program. Through the lens of Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK), Gifts of the Plant Nation serves as a platform to engage with Native educators, scientists, language speakers and cultural knowledge keepers who share their knowledge through stories, songs and cultural teachings. 

Ben Gessner, WakaŋTipi Exhibits and Programs Manager, Lower Phalen Creek Project 

Ben Gessner is a devoted Cultural Resources and Program Manager with over fifteen years of experience working for mission-driven organizations. Ben has an academic background in studio art, nonprofit management, and in 2015 received a Masters of Science degree in Cultural Resource Management while working with Dakota communities on his projects-based thesis, Digitization of Museum Collections: Using Technology, Creating Access, and Releasing Authority in Managing Content and Resources. As a Curator at the Minnesota Historical Society, Ben developed and managed the Native American Artist-in-Residence program, which seeks to promote meaningful interactions with museum and library collections provide artists and communities with opportunities for cultural understanding, reflection, strengthening and growth. Above all else, he values the development and education of our communities through engagement in our cultural and natural worlds.

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